Cowichan census snapshot

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There are more people living in the Cowichan Valley now than in 2011, but the population growth in the Valley is not keeping up with the provincial average.

According to results from the 2016 census, there are approximately 83,740 people living in the Valley.

That’s 4.2 per cent more than the last census in 2011, but less than the 5.6 per cent growth across B.C. during the same time, and less than the five per cent growth across the country.

More detailed data from Stats Can in regards to the census will be released throughout the year, including analyses of income, immigration, education, and labour.

Jon Lefebure, mayor of North Cowichan and chairman of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, said knowing the growth numbers helps local municipalities plan better for the future.

“I know other communities believe their road to success is through high growth, but I don’t share that view,” he said. “I think a steady growth is better than fast growth, which leads to boom and bust cycles, and we shouldn’t expect or want fast growth.”

B.C.’s population has hit 4.6 million and the province is now the sixth fastest growing province or territory.

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